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Transforming Lives

Kuchi nomads learn to comb their goats to collect valuable cashmere.

Afghanistan’s nomadic Kuchis have lived off their livestock for centuries.  Until recently, however, they were unaware that their goats produced cashmere – a valuable, renewable product that can be sold domestically and abroad.  To help the Kuchi people earn essential income by selling cashmere, USAID launched Afghanistan’s first training program on cashmere harvesting.

Community Cultural Center volunteers distribute information about access to justice, legal rights, and women's rights in Parwan

As Afghanistan’s justice system matures, it offers citizens numerous options for legal recourse when their rights are violated.  However, many people, especially women, do not know their legal rights or how to use the formal justice system.  Additionally, many do not know where to turn when they face legal problems that could be effectively solved through the courts or community mediation.

The 4,000-term Glossary of Dari and Pashto Legal Terminology.

A lack of legal reference materials has hampered the development of rule of law in Afghanistan.  As legal terminology and practice evolved over the past few decades, Afghanistan’s lawyers and judges found themselves without proper dictionaries and legal texts in their own languages

Using an Access to Justice Campaign poster, a USAID worker explains women’s right to inheritance to a woman entering a health cl

Afghanistan’s Constitution clearly states that men and women are equal in the eyes of the law.  However, violations of women’s rights are widespread, and many Afghan women do not know how to use the formal justice system to protect their rights.  To provide women – as well as men and children – with a better understanding of gender equality, women’s rights, and the legal system, USAID launched a public awareness campaign in Nangarhar and Baghlan provinces in spring 2009.

The AgDepot Farm Store in Mir Bacha Kot, Kabul Province, sells modern farming supplies, such as grape trellises, to improve loca

Afghanistan’s farmers frequently lack access to the agricultural supplies and equipment they need to grow bountiful crops and raise healthy livestock.  To provide these goods at an affordable price, USAID established a network of privately owned AgDepot rural farm stores that operate under the Durukshan Association through local Afghan entrepreneurs.

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Last updated: August 16, 2016

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